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Hands on with Nest's latest thermostat

I've recently installed the new Nest Thermostat in my home, and will be using it to control my heating system. (My home was built in the 1940s and lacks centralized cooling, so the Nest can only control my forced-air, oil-burning furnace.) It's still quite warm here in the northeastern United …

'Stagefright' vulnerability files released to the wild

On the heels of its Stagefright detection app, Zimperium (the outfit that discovered the Android security flaw) has released its exploit to the public. But before you get your hands dirty tinkering with it to find a fix there are a few things you need to consider. Zimperium says that it was tested …

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Avon is crashing

According to a report on Thursday, the beauty-products company is in talks to sell a stake to private equity firms. Bids in the auction process for a private investment in public equity, or PIPE, are reportedly due next week. The company declined comment to Business Insider on the report.<p>Following …

Jet engine parts on Las Vegas runway indicate major failure

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jet engine parts found on the Las Vegas runway where a British Airways flight aborted takeoff as the engine burst into flames …

How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Acoustic biologists who have learned to tune their ears to the sounds of life know there's a lot more to animal communication than just, "Hey, here I am!" or "I need a mate."<p>From insects to elephants to people, we animals all use sound to function and converse in social groups — especially when the …

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9/10: The Day Before

<i>This essay was originally published in</i> Gear <i>in 2002. It has been republished here with permission from publisher Bob Guccione Jr.</i><p>On <i>Good Morning …

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